What Offseason Moves Are Next for San Francisco 49ers with the Draft Complete?

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What Offseason Moves Are Next for San Francisco 49ers with the Draft Complete?
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Iron sharpens iron.

That phrase has surrounded the San Francisco 49ers for years—it’s one of Jim Harbaugh’s favorite sayings, and it informs the 49ers’ strategy when it comes to player acquisition.

With 12 draft picks, the trade for Stevie Johnson and seven undrafted free agents, the 49ers have assembled a collection of talent that would make most other teams envious.  When the 49ers cut down to the 53-man roster, you can expect a lot of talent to flood the rosters and practice squads around the league.

The competition for roster spots will be fierce.  Those are the next moves the 49ers need to make to prepare for the 2014 season.  They have enough talent to ensure intense competition for roles, both starting and reserve.  They have plenty of depth; they just need to decide which players will suit up when it comes time for the regular season to begin.

Nothing the 49ers can do this offseason is more important than figuring out who will be on the roster come Sept. 7, so let’s look at some of the positional battles over which they’ll spend most of training camp agonizing.

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